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Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 18, 2017 - 04:41pm PT
On Saturday, August 5th at Mill Creek Station (same place we held our 10 anniversary party), the Bardini Foundation is celebrating its 20th year anniversary. Its a potluck affair beginning as early as 4:30 PM and ending when everyone has left the scene. The Mountain Rambler Brewery is donating the keg beer, Bardini is supplying box wine, and some tri-tip ... the rest is up to you.
Credit: Jules Barklow

Again we thank Roger Derryberry and Mary Lou Long for opening their facility 8 miles north of Bishop on Hwy-395 for this event. If you have any questions regarding the location please respond by email.

We will be showing a looping slideshow featuring some of Allan Bards slides as well as other mountaineering and skiing photos.

Ten years ago, when we held the 10th anniversary at Mill Creek Station. We had a huge turnout and were hoping for another. All old friends, ex-clients, and interested mountaineers/skiers are invited.

Its a time to meet people you havent seen in years. Come, enjoy the Bishop area. Do a little hiking, bouldering, climbing, or maybe even some skiing.

Although not required we will be accepting cash, check, or online credit card/PayPal donations from those so inclined. Your presence is more important than your money. So be here!

Mark your calendar Saturday, August 5th.

More information will be added to this thread, so come back often to check. There will be some history and photos here to inform the curious and to remind the ones that have forgotten.

In the words of the Great Bardini, ciao for now.

And thanks to Jules Barklow for one of the best portraits ever taken of Allan.
karabin museum

Trad climber
phoenix, az
Jul 18, 2017 - 09:22pm PT


Don - Congrats on the Bardini 20th anniversary!!!



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Boulder climber
ne'erdowell
Jul 18, 2017 - 10:05pm PT

(Guido Pic)
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 19, 2017 - 06:46am PT
Twenty years ago on 7/3/97 Angela and I got married in the Tetons. The next day we started up to the lower saddle to climb the Exum Ridge. We ran into Bardini and his clients at the spring on the first switchback. I hadn't seen Allen in a number of years and we enjoyed catching up until the mosquitos became too annoying.
The next day Angela and I had completed our climb and were at the rappel to the lower saddle. I made the rappel and noticed several climbers standing around with glazed expressions. There was a taught rope (obviously weighted) going from some anchors out the "belly roll almost" and then straight down. I asked the climbers what happened and one said..."our guide fell." About that time a helicopter started hovering and a rescue ranger appeared. He recognized me and asked me to assist him. I belayed him as he lowered down to check the fallen climber who was invisible from above. He came back up and said the climber was deceased. Angela was shocked by the events and there was nothing more that I could do so she and I headed down. I still didn't know that the climber was Allen Bard and didn't find out until the next day.
There had been a thunderstorm the previous evening which, I believe, deposited some verglass on the Owen Spaulding chimney which is at over 13,000 ft, and north facing. I think that it is likely that Allen was leading the chimney, easy for him, without placing gear and that he stepped on some verglas which is nearly impossible to see.
Allen was a wonderful person, beloved by all, and I am glad to see that his legacy is being kept alive.
eKat

climber
Jul 19, 2017 - 06:59am PT
20 years ago!

MAN!

A number of friends on the Eastside contacted me saying they'd heard rumors that Bardini had fallen. They knew that I had a friend on rescue there and asked if I'd call to see what was up. I did. None of what I heard was anything anybody wanted to hear.

We were all crestfallen!

:-(

Bardini was such a darling guy.

His memory will live on!

500 miles closer and I'd be there!

OXOXOXO
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 19, 2017 - 08:47am PT
The beer at the celebration is being donated by the Mountain Rambler Brewery here in Bishop. The donation is sincerely appreciated Joe.

Here's part of Joe and Nancy McKeown's contribution to the coming event.

Credit: Don Lauria

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Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 21, 2017 - 01:02am PT
Bump for more to come!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 21, 2017 - 09:12pm PT
We put together a tee shirt design for the 20th Celebration and Don will have them available on Saturday the 5th. Just a wee donation to the Bardini Foundation is all...................

Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
eKat

climber
Jul 22, 2017 - 04:08am PT
Perfect colors!
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2017 - 03:23pm PT
Okay, it's only two weeks away. The RSVPs are running close to 50 so far.

Thanks to Ed Hartouni we have over 100 of Allan's slides digitized for presentation during the celebration. The potluck variety is going to be ... hate to use Trump adjectives ... fabulous.

Here's John Moynier's favorite photo of Allan.

Credit: John Moynier
F10

Trad climber
Bishop
Jul 22, 2017 - 04:14pm PT
Bummed that I will be out of town, should be a great time
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Jul 22, 2017 - 04:16pm PT
Inexpensive places to stay?

Do we rsvp here? 2 Coming, plus save me a blue t-shirt in Med. please. Or I can pay for it now.

And of course, will bring comida! :)
Lynne Leichtfuss

Trad climber
Will know soon
Jul 24, 2017 - 10:44am PT
Thanks, Guido. Looking forward to this event.
Fuzzywuzzy

climber
suspendedhappynation
Jul 25, 2017 - 11:03pm PT
See you there!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 26, 2017 - 09:29am PT
Yahoo!
mooch

Trad climber
Tribal Base Camp (Kernville Annex)
Jul 26, 2017 - 09:36am PT
Guido -

Are the t-shirts only available to those folks RSVP'ing or is there a way to secure one? Unfortunately, I can't come that day but could make it into Bishop the next day and pick one up.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jul 26, 2017 - 10:41am PT
Mooch-shirts available to anyone anytime via Don Lauria at the Bardini Foundation.

don@bardini.org

You could probably pick one up at his house the next day.

Hey Lauria where are yah?
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 26, 2017 - 11:27am PT
I'm here and, yes, mooch you can get a shirt from me. You can call me at 760-873-8036 when you're in town and I'll give you directions to my place.
life is a bivouac

Trad climber
Bishop
Jul 26, 2017 - 04:05pm PT
To all interested: This is NOT Fake News...

Don Lauria actually lives in a secret fortress some where near the summit of Grouse Mountain; of course the views are magnificent. He and Elon Musk many years ago, designed the place with a prototype underground tube travel system. All of the entry and exits are only known to Don, Elon and a couple of world famous climber/construction specialists too elite and above my pay grade to know anything about.

One of these portals, it is said, is near Whitney Alley, perhaps under Rusty's infamous drinking establishment. There are however other seedy spots in this area (Perhaps Wilson's (so called) Sports), I think it's the front for an illegal mahjong parlor, if you'd ask me, but your guess is as good as mine...the other two I know of are located some where on Sycamore St. by the Fair grounds,and, this one gets the cake, it's under a life sized statue of Batso aka Warren Harding at some out of the way place off the highway called Mill Creek Station.

In any case you'd best E-mail for your T-shirts, or get them at the celebration...one never knows what might befall one if one got too close to the Tube...

Walleye

climber
The Hot Kiss On the End of a Wet Fist
Jul 26, 2017 - 05:54pm PT
Hey Lauria, do you have those tee-shirts in Walleye size - 3XL?? I want 3 of them if you do.
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